IEEE Nanotechnology Council
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IEEE Student Engineering Team Challenge 2021

The IEEE Foothill and Orange County Joint Sections Nanotechnology Council Chapter organized the IEEE Student Engineering Challenge 2021 STEM event during the past year.

The IEEE SETC2021 was focused on students from socio-economic disadvantaged communities with the goal to stimulate interest in the STEM fields. This challenge was actively looking to include minority children of color. These students were invited to participate, along with a few of their peers, in this poster competition by displaying an original project proposal focused on a few targeted topics.

Students in High School and College considering College majors in science and engineering disciplines were encouraged to try their hand at meeting this team challenge by designing and displaying a solution for or an investigation into a problem area associated with one of the topical boundaries of this year’s challenge.

For some of the topical areas startup training and materials were made available. For projects that rise to the top of the challenge more equipment and support were offered and made available to foster completion of the proposal. IEEE Student Members were also available to train and assist as well.

Team projects that were inclusive and collaborative showcasing creativity and ingenuity were shared with an audience of academic and industrial technical experts who provided recognition and award prizes in several participant categories.

As of June 30, 2021 there were 27 Team submissions received.

As of August 30, 2021 there were 12 final submissions received with the total number of participants reaching 47.

Presentations were held online on August 31. Prizes that were awarded included one First Prize, one Second Prize, two Third prizes. Three entries were awarded Technical Excellence recognition and five were awarded Outstanding Presentation recognition. All of the participants will receive an embossed IEEE Award Certificate stating their accomplishments.

FIRST PLACE: Application of Labels Using Robotic Arm
SECOND PLACE: Titan Providence: Self-Navigating Drone
THIRD PLACE: UAV Flight Endurance Testing

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There were 26 Engineers and Academics and Industry Professionals who served on the Organizing Committee and as Judges and as support persons in a number of ways and the IEEE SETC2021 is extremely grateful for their service.

Planning for additional STEM activities which build on the experiences gained in IEEE SETC2021 will begin later this year. The principal organizers were Chapter Chair Dr. Zhen Yu, Chapter Vice Chair Dr. Yu Bai and Chapter Secretary Nick Massetti.

Nick Massetti


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